The Tiger Brands Foundation has announced that it, in partnership with Nungu Distribution, will be adopting a new school into the in-school breakfast programme.
The RekgonneBapo Special School in Brits, North West will be the first special needs school to be included in the programme. This announcement is set to tie in with the International Day of People with Disabilities on 3 December, 2015.
“This is the second external, corporate partnership between the Foundation’s in-school breakfast feeding programme, a fully funded programme and a corporate entity. This new partnership allows us to reach more learners – 220 additional learners to be precise – who will now be receiving a daily breakfast during the school week.
We also plan to adopt three additional schools in the neighbouring areas into the programme in the near future,” says MrEugene Absolom, Director of the Tiger Brands Foundation.
Partnerships, such as the ones forged with Nungu Distribution, and earlier this year with Sishen Solar Facility, enables the Foundation to provide breakfast to a wider reach of learners.
This helps to strengthen and expand on the Foundation’s public private partnership with the Department of Basic Education at a national, provincial, district and school level.
The In-School Breakfast Feeding Programme was initially established in 2010 as an initiative between the Tiger Brands Foundation and the Department of Basic Education to compliment the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) lunch provided by the Department.
The programme operates in 64 schools, across nine provinces and serves breakfast daily to around 45 000 beneficiaries. At present, there are 227 Food Handlers employed at these schools.
The Tiger Brands Foundation, together with the NSNP, pays a stipend toparents from within the school communities to prepare, cook and serve the daily breakfast and government lunch. In addition, the Food Handlers are educated about food storage, hygiene and preparation, as well as supplied with protective wear.
In addition to providing meals to students, the Tiger Brands Foundation has installed kitchens in schools throughout Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and most recently Limpopo. These kitchens provide a more efficient and hygienic means of food preparation.
The Tiger Brands Foundation is a Limited invests in social upliftment through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) (1% of net profit after tax) and through The Tiger Brands Foundation (5% of dividends).
The Tiger Brands Foundation (TBF) was established for broad-based community impact, and will be for the benefit of non-fee paying schools, vulnerable groups in society as well as projects that promote sustainable livelihoods in the areas in where such non-fee paying schools exist.
Tiger Brands allocated 5% (five percent) of its shares to the TBF. The TBF trustees are Dr Miriam Altman (Chairman), Mr. JJ Njeke, Madame Sheila Sisulu, Mr. Clive Vaux and Ms Bridgitte Backman.
“The TBF plays a funding, thinking, co-ordination and delivery role in partnership with a number of stakeholders including but not limited to the Department of Basic Education at national, provincial and local levels, the Departments of Agriculture, Social Development and Health, academic and research institutions, beneficiary schools, parents, community leaders, community based agencies (delivery partners), funders/donors wishing to invest in food security, Tiger Brands in its entirety, the public and last, but not least, the shareholders,” said Sithembile Ngobese.